Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Original Art Stories: Simon and Kirby's Boy's Ranch

Today is a good day for a change of pace, so I thought it'd be a good time to delve into the archives and share some rarely seen items - and who better to share than the master's themselves: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby!  What we have here are two cover proofs for the first two issues of the Simon & Kirby western series, Boy's Ranch, along with the related invoices from the printing plant and the inside cover proof for issue #2 (I believe it was), which has one of the earliest biographies of the Simon & Kirby team.  This is worth a look just for the photo of a fresh faced, young Jack Kirby alone - butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.  And how cheaply work was done back in 1950, at least from a printing point of view.

So just sit back and enjoy the lovely images that only Jack Kirby, and Joe Simon, could create and ask yourself this - why is there not quality of this standard being issued anymore?  And no, I don't have the answer either, but look at the line work and those horses!  He may not have mastered Spider-Man, but when he put his mind to it, Kirby could certainly draw anything put in front of him.  These covers are things of pure beauty really.

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